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Is it possible for an oncologist to need only inspect one lymph node to see if cancer has spread?

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Dr. Myron Arlen
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In brief: Yes

When a patient presents with signs suggesting malignancy and there are a cluster of serveral large, somewhat firm lymph glands then a selective biopsy has a high incidence of detecting an existing pathologic process.
A core bx is better than aspiration but with a question, excision is best utilized for dx. If the bx neg. in some cases a bx of a second node would be indicated.

In brief: Yes

When a patient presents with signs suggesting malignancy and there are a cluster of serveral large, somewhat firm lymph glands then a selective biopsy has a high incidence of detecting an existing pathologic process.
A core bx is better than aspiration but with a question, excision is best utilized for dx. If the bx neg. in some cases a bx of a second node would be indicated.
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